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Monday, October 15, 2007

Kalabash Nigeria - 18 October

Programme Info

Awareness through documentary films and music

Thursday 18th October
7pm - 2am@ The Salmon and Compass

58 Penton Street, Angel, N1 9PZ

Upstairs 7pm FILM 1: Music Is The Weapon –Dir Stephane Tchal-Gadjieff & Jean Jacques Flori. 1982, 53 mins. This documentary gives a rare insight into the public and private life of composer, Afrobeat pioneer and human rights activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti (1938-1997). The interviews cover his resistance to the Nigerian regime, his controversial polygamous lifestyle and an exploration of the political context of his work.

8pm FILM 2: Nigeria’s Oil War Foreign Correspondent 2005, 18 mins
The Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force has brazenly stolen oil straight out of pipelines owned by some of the world’s biggest multinationals. The vast Niger Delta where they operate holds an estimated three percent of the world's oil. This well organized crime gang has become a key player in the world’s most strategically important industry. Recently the price of oil rose to a record $50 a barrel when the market panicked after they threatened to cut-off the flow of oil.

8.20pm FILM 3: Suffering and Smiling - Dir Dan Ollman, Nigeria/USA 2006, 65 mins.
Focusing on Fela Kuti and his son Femi, Suffering and Smiling depicts the impact of their politically charged music. Following Nigeria's independence in 1960, Fela used his songs to speak out against the country's corrupt leaders. Since independence the military and political elite have enriched themselves by allowing Nigeria's oil and natural resources to be stripped by multinational corporations with little benefit to ordinary Nigerians. Fela gave voice to Nigeria's disenfranchised underclass and sang of a free and united Africa. Since Fela's death, Femi has continued the legacy. Equally passionate and charismatic, he asks why the world's most resource-rich continent has the poorest people, and carries a vision of better days ahead for the people of Nigeria.

9.30pm Q&A & film discussion with Eki from ALISC, Molara Wood, Ben Amunwa (Remember Sarowiwa) The African Liberation Support Campaign Network (ALISC) is a democratic organisation led by Africans fighting oppression and tyranny in Africa, and racism in the West. Molara Wood is an independent Nigerian journalist (
www.molarawood.blogspot.com)Remember Saro-Wiwa uses public art and events to raise awareness about London's social and ecological impact on the Niger Delta. (www.remembersarowiwa.com) Ken Lewis-Allagoa is Niger Delta lawyer and activist.

MUSIC Downstairs 10.15pm:
Live Performance from INEMO (Black Mango Music)- "Afro Funky Beats" OUT NOW on Black Mango Music: Inemo Samiama describes himself as representing a new generation of African musicians. From his earliest years Inemo was shaped and influenced by music. His father taught him to play, and at the age of 18 he formed the group Jah Stix with Majek Fashek. Debut album ‘Bushman’ (Mercury/Universal) mixed African melodies with techno, hip-hop, jungle, dub and ambient sounds. Following this huge success, Inemo was nominated for an RFI (Radio France Industry) Music Award as Best World Music Artist. Inemo has now decided to return to his roots. After three years of composing, recording and traveling between London, Paris and Africa, Inemo is back with a new album, Afro Funky Beats. With this album, Inemo demonstrates that his music can reinvent and enrich itself with new sounds, just like Fela Kuti, Salif Keita and Angelique Kidjo have done before him.

Then SPECIAL GUEST PA from UK Hip Hop legend BLAK TWANG:
Over a decade has passed since BLAK TWANG'S first ever foray into the British music scene. His most recent single is the head pounding, socially driven 'Help Dem Lord' from his forthcoming album 'Speakin From Xperience'. Born to Nigerian parents and growing up in South London, he is undoubtedly a pioneer of Hip Hop maintaining an infallible recognition of his roots in cultivating his own identity.

11.30pm-12.30: DJ ILKA: German born and raised but South London based for more than 15 years now, Ilka started djing in 2005. Her selection includes all things funky and African such as Coupe Decale, Kwaito, Afrobeat, Zouglou, Soukous, Naija Pop and more, but also the occasional Soca, Dancehall and Champeta as well as other global beats. As a freelance music publicist, Ilka works with labels like Out Here Records (Bassekou Kouyate), Analog Africa, Afrolution Records and Because Music as well as with artists directly, targeting specialist, BME (black minority ethnic) and mainstream media. Ilka is the content editor of the BBC's African music site Africa On Your Street
and she manages UK-based Nigerian hip-hop group JJC & 419 Squad and Lagos- based Reggae artist African China.

Downstairs Bar till 2am:
Afro-beats and grooves hosted by Kalabash Movement Resident DJs Supa Scion & Springfield

  • Kalabash World is an organisation that seeks to promote awareness through film and music. Each event is designed to encourage recognition of the rich diversity between African Nations, to celebrate cultural heritage and explore socio-political situations. We aim to give a platform to Musicians and Independent film makers and encourage a wider audience to appreciate their works. Enquiries to info@kalabashmovement.com


patrick said...

MW, was on the look out for you but i guess i had one too many drink to spot you. This was a very lively show but the organisers might want to reconsider the choice of venue for future events. It was quite crammed especially for folks wishing to view the documentary. But i support the concept and applaud the idea...Social and political awareness packaged within the context of affirming Nigerian/African cultural reality through entertainment. The DJ was on point and the live performance by Black Twang was fire!!!
Ps: This one is for the dude upstairs harassing folks to buy magazines,if by any chance you read this, please find another hustle 'cos the contents of your publication is just so unoriginal. I wasn't impressed by your half baked consciousness to revolutionarise Africa.

Wordsbody said...

Hi Patrick

You didn't 'see' me? That was quite a feat of invisibility on my part, since I was one of a panel of 4 (2 women, 2 men) who stood in front of the audience (yes, the full capacity meant the panel had no space for a table in front, so we stood) to discuss the films, the Niger Delta, Ken Saro-Wiwa & Fela. Unless of course you didn't stay long enough for that bit of the programme.


Patrick said...

Due to the large turnout upstairs i couldn't find space inside so i was on the ground floor for the most part Molara. Too bad i was hoping to share a drink with you after the session. Left just after midnight.

Wordsbody said...

I see. You stayed much longer... I left after 10, not long after our segment was over. Lots of interest in the Nigeria event, I think, hence the crowded venue. I melted into the film audience until the panel session (I enjoyed the Femi Kuti documentary, 'Suffering and Smiling', which I hadn't seen before). Oh well, there'll be other times.

Morountodun said...

Molara the guys at Kalabash promised to show Music is the Weapon some other time as they had technical difficulties with it on the night. Any updates? Also do you know how the demo at Shell centre went? Keep up the good work!

Wordsbody said...

Hi Morountodun,

Please contact the people at Kalabash & the Remember Saro-Wiwa Foundation for the necessary updates.